It's quite often that Americans dream of white sandy beaches, warm tropical breezes, crystal clear water, and magnificent sunsets surrounded by breathtaking vistas.
But it's not often that we are afforded the opportunity to call a magnificent wonder of the world our "home."
If you were born on the small Caribbean island of Tobago, home is synonymous with heaven and the essence of beauty is only a step away.
Tobago is the beautiful sister island to the metropolis of Trinidad; where the dolphins are just a friendly as the people and hospitality is a way of life.
From savory authentic Trini cuisine like roti, to rhythmic beats of the island's "soca" music, Tobago's rich culture spans from elements as simple as traditional cuisine to the complexity of colonialism.
GlobalGrind was afforded the opportunity to attend Tobago's world famous Tobago Jazz Experience with international headliners like R&B singer Angie Stone, the eclectic Janelle Monae, and UK's rising star Emeli Sande.
Although, the U.S. and UK singers seem appealing to the average American music lover, the real stars of Tobago's Jazz Experience were the Caribbean's own music saviors.
Dancehall and soca artists like David Rudder, Kes The Band, and the legendary Barrington Levy triumphed as the festival's must-see acts.
The week long festival exhibited such national pride, Caribbean esteem, and love for music that very few nations of its caliber would be able to exhibit with such fervor.
The Tobago Jazz Experience kicked off with "Jazz In The East" on the eastern side of the island in Speyside, Tobago and ended with the Angie Stone headlining the Beach Jazz Fiesta a week later.
Festivities included a taste of Trinidad & Tobago's true culture with an exhibition of their national instrument the steelpans during the night of "Pazzaz," and more chill events like "Jazz On The Beach" at the island's peaceful Mount Irvine Beach.
Besides the offering of jazz music, Tobago offered a wonder of exclusive getaways, landmarks and cultural enclaves of a nation 10 times its size.
From it's protected national rainforest to the rolling hills of Tobago's premiere Cocoa estate, there are so many attractions to see in Tobago.
If you're a lover of history, stopping by the historical site of Fort King George is a guaranteed good time.
Fort King George was built by British colonials in the 1700s to fight off other European powers coming to claim their stake on the small Caribbean island.
And let's not forget Tobago's world famous Nylon pool. The Nylon pool is a nothing short of being the 8th wonder of the world.
The shallow sparkling aqua-blue pool is located in the middle of the ocean near Tobago's Buccoo Reef and is rumored to have mystical powers.
Tobago legend has it:
- Women who bathe in the Nylon pool will appear and feel 10 years younger.
- Men who bathe in the Nylon pool will grow five inches...typically where the sun doesn't shine.
- Couples who kiss under its sparkling shallow waters will be in love forever.
The Nylon Pool is easily one of the most attractive sites to see in ALL of the Caribbean.
The wonderful thing about Tobago is its history is as rich as its miraculous landscape.
Originally inhabited by the Belicose Carib Indians, Europeans soon stumbled upon the island bringing African slaves they discovered during their conquests and of course war, to the beautiful quiet island.
Over the course of Tobago's extensive history, governmental power has been changed over a dozen times with the English, Dutch, and French occupying the small island for ultimate power.
Eventually Tobago joined to British Crown Colony in 1889, and it wasn't until 1962 when Trinidad & Tobago gained complete independence from the British Crown.
Overall, Tobago's distinctive landscape and the warmth of its Caribbean generosity make it the premiere island of exquisite aesthetic that all lovers of nature and refined cosmic environments can enjoy.
If you're looking for love and searching for peace, Tobago is awaiting your arrival!
May sure you check out the beautiful pictures of Tobago in the gallery above.
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